Poke from Royal Tern | Photo by Ruta Smith

Welcome to the spring edition of Dish, a Charleston City Paper publication recognizing the city’s top restaurants and some of the stories that defined the industry for the last six months. 

In the next 48 pages, you’ll of course find our spring list of the top 50 restaurants in Charleston. There’s multiple newcomers, including a 20-year-old sushi restaurant, a female-owned Oaxacan-inspired eatery and the second act downtown from a celebrated local chef. 

Charleston restaurants new and old have continued to shift operations since our winter edition of Dish. This was certainly the case at Chasing Sage, a Rutledge Avenue newcomer that introduced itself to downtown Charleston with a series of eclectic pop-ups. 

Down on Broad Street, a decades old institution endured immense change, later finding that a couple pandemic-influenced adjustments would be key to its future. And since spring 2020, the call to support Black-owned restaurants brought more business, a much needed step for the city after a long-overdue social awakening nationwide. 

Congratulations to all the restaurants featured in this edition of Dish, places that have kept patrons safe over the past 13 months, while managing to churn out boundary-pushing dishes that keep us coming back for more. —Parker Milner

In this issue of DISH